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Highlights of the EU statement:

  • “The revised Protocol provides a legally operational solution that avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland, protects the all-island economy and the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in all its dimensions and safeguards the integrity of the Single Market.”
  • Single Market: “Northern Ireland will remain aligned to a limited set of rules related to the EU’s Single Market in order to avoid a hard border.”
  • Customs Union: “In terms of customs, the EU-UK Single Customs Territory, as agreed in November 2018, has been removed from the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, at the request of the current UK government.”
  • Consent: “Finally, the EU and the UK have agreed to create a new mechanism on ‘consent’, which will give the Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly a decisive voice on the long-term application of relevant EU law in Northern Ireland.”
  • “All other elements of the Withdrawal Agreement remain unchanged in substance, as per the agreement reached on 14 November 2018”
  • “The main change in the Political Declaration relates to the future EU-UK economic relationship where the current UK government has opted for a model based on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)”
  • “It is for the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the revised Withdrawal Agreement in its entirety, as well as approve the revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future relationship.”

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